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Scathing WaPo editorial slams Trump’s horrifying ‘wrong’ response to the New Zealand massacre

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On Friday, The Washington Post editorial board issued a stark rebuke against President Donald Trump’s handling of the New Zealand massacre.

A mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques left 49 people dead, and several injured. The shooter released a manifesto that was filled with hateful ideologies towards immigrants and Muslim.

“The alleged gunman’s garden-variety racism — his rantings about the peril posed to whites faced with ‘replacement’ by Muslims — is of a piece with other hatreds espoused by other racist killers in other places and times,” the editorial said.

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The editorial explained that Trump is not to blame for the shooting, but called him out for his poor example of condemning hate.

“President Trump is not to blame for the tragedy, despite his own history of Islamophobic statements and a travel ban that targets predominantly Muslim nations,” they wrote.

“Still, he should go further than he has; for starters, by condemning the alleged killer, whose nativist rhetoric — he called immigrants ‘invaders,’ attacked ‘mass immigration’ and wrote that he hoped to ‘directly reduce immigration rates’ — overlaps with the president’s own,” the editorial said.

The editorial then listed multiple examples of when the president failed to speak out against the rise of white nationalism — which he believes is not actually on the rise.

“Mr. Trump, who could not bring himself to criticize the white nationalists in Charlottesville who chanted that minorities (Jews, in that case) would ‘not replace us,’ on Friday said he doesn’t regard white nationalism as a problem. That’s the wrong message. Instead, he ought to state unambiguously that the New Zealand suspect’s ‘replacement’ ideology is an unacceptable trope in civilized discourse,” the editorial said.

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Read the full editorial here.


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‘She’s fire’: Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe explains her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe explained her endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president during a Friday evening interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

"Elizabeth Warren picking up a big endorsement today from Megan Rapinoe, the soccer star and social activist who was named Sports Illustrated's 2019 'Person of the Year' earlier this week," Lemon reported.

Lemon played a clip of Rapinoe talking to Warren that was posted earlier in the day on Twitter.

I truly believe the best things in life are a result of being bold and being real. I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren today, for being bold, for being real, for listening to ALL of us, and for being prepared to navigate the unique challenges we face today as a country @ewarren pic.twitter.com/9hX3gQYjvo

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Why Rudy Giuliani has always been — and will always be — ‘a small man in search of a balcony’

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Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times journalist Clyde Haberman explained on Friday why the antics of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are part of a pattern that has defined his career during an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber on "The Last Word."

Haberman wrote a twice-a-week column about New York City for The Times during the majority of Giuliani's time as mayor.

Melber asked him about a new piece Haberman wrote for BuzzFeed News titled, "Ask Any New Yorker: Rudy Giuliani Was Always This Bad."

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Barney Frank unveils the slogan Democratic candidates can use to win the Senate in 2020

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Former Rep. Barney Frank suggested a slogan that Democrats could use to end the reign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Frank suggested the slogan during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

"The Republican electorate -- and what happens is the dynamic as the Republicans get harder and harder in this far-right Trump fealty, some people leave the Republican Party, so that means the remainder are this hardcore," Frank replied.

"Mitch McConnell is going to pay a price," he said. "And frankly, I think the way this is going to play out the Republican senators are now making the toughest choice a politician can make, between the primary and the final -- between making sure you can get renominated and the winning in November."

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